They say that the best things in life are free. Finding those free things, however, can sometimes be a challenge. Thankfully, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts offers plenty of enjoyable free events throughout the year (in addition to being a space that has free admission!). Of all of its regular happenings, Third Thursdays is always a safe bet for fun. Each monthly installment celebrates something going on in the Twin Cities or complements a current show at the museum. Past Third Thursday parties have featured bike-friendly activities on a warm summer evening, a runway show during Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week, and literature-themed games with folks from Paper Darts magazine. Each shindig also boasts live music from local bands and a cash bar.